Theory of Change

Information and communication technology (ICT) can contribute to tackling a variety of economic and social problems, including extreme poverty, lack of education, gender inequality and barriers to freedom of speech. However, inequality in access to information, digital skills, and infrastructure results in a global digital divide that exacerbates social and economic asymmetries nationally and internationally.
In order to guarantee everyone, especially conflict-affected communities, can benefit from the potential of ICT and digital transformation, Roia has adopted a long-term theory of change that directs our actions and values.

Roia promotes ICT education and digital security for disadvantaged communities and humanitarian actors, leading to a fair and more equal access to education. We work to equip disadvantaged and conflict-affected people with job-oriented training and skills, mentoring and job opportunities. We include women and girls in all our programmes and activities, increasing their involvement in ICT and decision-making processes. We work with protection providers, and both the private and public sectors, to build their ICT capacities, install ICT infrastructures to enable digital transformation. We always listen to the voices of conflict-affected and marginalised communities to understand and identify their needs and develop innovative digital solutions. All our future and present actions are inspired by one ultimate goal: to help communities recover, rise, thrive and build their future through ICT solutions.

Our Programmes
Education and Capacity Building
Employability and Entrepreneurship
Innovative Solutions and Infrastructure
Education and Capacity Building

The information and communication technology (ICT) sector has been the most dynamic growth sector in the world economy over the past twenty years, and has already proved its potential in key areas such as education and capacity building.

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ICT in humanitarian and development settings can provide safe, alternative and job-oriented educational opportunities for disadvantaged and conflict-affected communities, developing specific technical capacities to enhance humanitarian responses in emergency settings.

Roia works to ensure that disadvantaged youth can access equal and fair digital education opportunities. At the same time, we aim to enhance the digital transformation of the humanitarian sector operating in crisis settings. To this end, we:

  • Offer digital skills courses and vocational training programmes for disadvantaged and conflict-affected youth and humanitarian actors.
  • Drive the digital transformation in humanitarian operations through mentorship, digital courses and digital support.
  • Launch awareness-raising campaigns to sensitise communities and key stakeholders about the potential of ICT in post-conflict recovery and humanitarian response.
Our Strategic Goals

ROIA’s goals are shaped by people’s real needs

Increase sustainable livelihood opportunities for disadvantaged people

Local communities recovering from conflict and disaster struggle to make a living; this leads to increased levels of poverty and inequality that risk becoming intergenerational.

Roia helps conflict-affected people, particularly disadvantaged youth, access job-oriented education and job opportunities. By doing this, we foster the development of sustainable and long-term livelihoods to guarantee that the most disadvantaged people can regain control over their lives.

Promote education and skills-development in ICT among disadvantaged communities

War and disaster destroy everything without distinction, including schools and education opportunities. Entire generations have grown up knowing nothing but war and the lack of education undermines their ability to build for a better future.

Roia is confident that ICT can prevent this from occurring as it is both a valuable subject and a tool for furthering general education. Recognising this, we offer digital-skills courses for conflict-affected people, build ICT-specialised academic facilities and promote general education in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Promote women’s digital inclusion and enhance the use of ICT to foster gender equality and women’s empowerment

Women and girls are too often disproportionately affected by conflict and disaster, exacerbating pre-existing inequalities and gender biases.

Roia is committed to break this cycle of violence and discrimination by empowering women and girls, both within the organisation itself and through its programming. ICT is a powerful tool which can promote access to education, amplify women’s voices, and ultimately expand opportunities for economic independence.

Enable digital transformation in the public and private sector for humanitarian relief and the advancement of ICT tools and knowledge

The needs crisis has pushed humanitarian organisations to their limits. The public and private sectors are often unable to provide conflict-affected populations with public services and essential goods. Digital transformation can help coordinate, empower and enhance their response.

Recognising this, Roia specialises in providing tailored ICT solutions and training to these actors so that they can act with improved effectiveness and become digital transformation change agents at the local, national and regional level.

Gender Equality Plan

Achieving gender equality, promoting gender justice and fostering an inclusive society

The Gender Equality Plan (GEP) identifies Roia’s actions and strategies towards one long-term goal: reaching a gender balanced workforce and narrowing any gender inequalities that may arise in the Roia Foundation and its operations.

To reach this goal, we guarantee fair and equal recruitment, employment and career development, while advocating for women, men, trans, and gender-diverse people’s pivotal role in decision-making. Secondly, Roia works to foster a gender-sensitive organisational environment and gender-equal organisational culture through knowledge-sharing mechanisms. In particular, we work to build and spread a culture of respect and fairness for everyone, regardless their gender, within communities, schools, workplaces, businesses and organisations.

Our GEP is integrated with best practices and values which guide the implementation, design and development of our core activities and programmes. We guarantee the equal and fair presence of all genders at every step of our project cycle - from the identification of their needs, to their involvement in our programmes.

Sustainable Development Goals

Working together towards the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) inform our strategy to help vulnerable groups find equal access to opportunity and live in a secure environment. In order to guarantee Roia’s contribution to achieving the agenda, we align our programmes’ objectives to the SDGs, while measuring their impact and progress through standardised indicators. The SDGs reflect human rights, people’s needs, dignity and perspectives, so will always define and shape ROIA’s work.

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